Someone once said, “Most new things are good looking, the challenge is to keep them that way.” We say knowing how to maintain them is the answer.
Take the floor covering you’re considering – carpet.
New carpeting can be elaborate and elegant, cool and contemporary or tasteful and traditional.
It’s one of America’s most popular floor covering choices, enhances virtually any room and it can add value to your residence.
The feeling can’t be beat either.
Carpeting is warm, cozy and inviting. It’s the flooring that welcomes stocking feet and worships bare feet.
And who doesn’t equate a thick carpet and roaring fire with the essence of home?
But keeping that feeling, and your carpet in beautiful condition, is a challenge if you don’t know the proper steps of maintenance.
And that’s why we created this section.
We want you to know that, with the care guidelines below, your new carpet can stay attractive for many years, and many bare-foot crossings, to come.
Place walk-off mats wherever there are entrances to your home from high-soil areas like backyards, garages and so on.
A few dollars invested in these mats can prevent a lot of dirt and grime from being tracked across your beautiful new carpet.
Remember that carpet cushion plays an important role in preserving the look and feel of your carpet. Investing in a good carpet cushion prevents your carpet from matting and crushing underfoot, as well as offering its own level of soil and stain protection. A good carpet cushion also provides ventilation between the carpet and the floor, making vacuuming easier, and more efficient.
Another important and often overlooked way of keeping your carpet in top condition is in the placement of heavy furniture. Heavy furniture can compress, or crush the carpet pile, and leave noticeable indentations that won’t be discovered until you redecorate or move. So rearrange your furniture periodically.
Carpet that is near windows and patio doors can be subjected to harmful ultraviolet rays. These rays can deteriorate the carpet’s appearance and ability to withstand wear. If possible, be sure to use window treatments that offer some protection against sunlight.
Unfortunately, time and traffic will take its toll on your carpet. To protect your investment, cleaning by a reputable, professional cleaner is suggested approximately once a year.
Call on their knowledge, equipment and experience to do a more thorough job of removing stubborn stains and embedded soil. But only use the pros when necessary as too much commercial cleaning can cause your carpet to lose its built-in protection and damage it.
Keep in mind that carpet should be treated like a textile product. Be sure to read the care and maintenance literature provided by the manufacturer because different fibers, styles and finishes can each have their own unique guidelines.
Consistent upkeep and periodic professional cleaning will keep your carpet beautiful, inviting and durable for years to come. Keep it a source of pride and comfort, with and without your shoes on.